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Jadakiss (born Jason Phillips in Yonkers, New York, USA) is a popular American rapper.

Jadakiss he was interested in rap from a very early age. When his parents told him to get a job and earn his own keep, Jadakiss was lured into the life of drug-dealing on the streets by friends, and his interest in rap music started there.

Jadakiss became a popular freestyler, engaging in competitions by the time he was twelve. He and some of his early friends, such as Sheek, were given the opportunity to compete in the Jack the Rapper competition in Florida, and Jadakiss did quite well, making friends with the Ruff Ryders. As a teen, he was given the opportunity to get into a recording studio, and has blossomed ever since.

Jada and his squad have been featured on many underground mix tapes, including the legendary DJ Clue. He and his friends formed the rap group the L.O.X. in 1994, which became popular in the summer of 1997 with their multi-platinum tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. called "We'll Always Love Big Poppa" (the B-side to Puff Daddy's "I'll Be Missing You"). In 1998, the Lox released Money, Power, Respect. Following this album, the Lox left Bad Boy Records. In 1999, Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Jadakiss joined with the Ruff Ryders.

Jada's debut solo album, Kiss the Game Goodbye, was released in August of 2001 under the Ruff Ryders/Interscope label. His new album, Kiss of Death, was released in June, 2004, and reveals a deeper side to Phillips' typical talk of drugs, guns, and snitches. He speaks honestly about such current events as Arnold Schwarzenegger becoming the governor of California, Aaliyah's death, and Denzel Washington finally winning an Oscar. He also tries to give insight into events in his personal life, such as family problems and being robbed of $100,000.

Jadakiss attracted some controversy (and condemnation from Bill O'Reilly, who labeled him a "smear merchant") with "Why," a song from Kiss of Death, which features lyrics that seem to imply a link between George W. Bush and the September 11, 2001 attacks. The track (which peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in September 2004) was banned on some radio stations or played only with the lyrics in question censored.

After being maligned in 50 Cent's controversial song "Piggybank", Jadakiss responded in kind with the song "Checkmate", telling 50 Cent "you should just sell clothes and sneakers / 'cause out of your whole camp, your flow's the weakest" and I don't got a problem with clout/ you ain't get shot again yet so what's your second album about?"

In 2005, Jadakiss was Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher's crew members. Jadakiss had to get involved with two women for blocking the traffic, and he had to get involved with a taxi driver.




  • Kiss tha Game Goodbye (2001)
  • Kiss of Death (2004)


  • Jada biography (http://studiored.target.com/artists/biography.aspx?itemID=60994)
  • Altschools Bio (http://bca.altschools.org/suts0467/musicpage.html)

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